Pine Butte Swamp Preserve

Choteau, Montana

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The 18,000-acre Pine Butte Swamp Preserve is the largest isolated wetland complex abutting the East Front of the Rocky Mountains in Montana. Owned and administered by The Nature Conservancy, the preserve safeguards crucial habitat for grizzly bears that venture out on to the plains. The area also is a haven for a rich array of native plant communities and associated birdlife. Access is limited to protect natural features, but good birding can be had from the roads. Before hiking cross-country on the preserve, please obtain permission from the Preserve Manager. The Nature Conservancy also runs guided birding tours and natural history workshops on the preserve. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful general information.
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by Terry McEneaney (Falcon Guides)

The 18,000-acre Pine Butte Swamp Preserve is the largest isolated wetland complex abutting the East Front of the Rocky Mountains in Montana. Owned and administered by The Nature Conservancy, the preserve safeguards crucial habitat for grizzly bears that venture out on to the plains. The area also is a haven for a rich array of native plant communities and associated birdlife.

Access is limited to protect natural features, but good birding can be had from the roads. Before hiking cross-country on the preserve, please obtain permission from the Preserve Manager. The Nature Conservancy also runs guided birding tours and natural history workshops on the preserve. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful general information.

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Choteau
Trail Type: Several options
Duration: 1 to 2 days
Best Times: Best spring, summer; May, June, September
Local Contacts: The Nature Conservancy; Pine Butte Swamp Preserve
Local Maps: Montana Highway Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Pine Butte Swamp Preserve

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Apr 2018